All I can say is.....you have wild peacocks in your yard !!!
Those have always been something I only associated with the zoo . If you don't want them, send them my way!
If I'm reading the reports correctly, the trapper was taking them to a peafowl farm in the LA area, where the farmer bred and sold them, presumably to other, likewise-insane peafowl collectors.cynthia_h wrote:I had in mind getting in touch with the trapper the city plans to hire and asking him/her for a recommended approach to reduce the number of birds. Will the trapper be using traps and taking the birds to a sanctuary? Will s/he trap and euthanize? etc.
Perhaps novelty value?applestar wrote:Do they provide any beneficial service (even though they are not native birds?). For example, people with large/rural/farm property around here often keep Guinea hens for tick control. ...and their main disadvantages are said to be their tendency to be loud/noisy and to dig a lot. Advantages are said to be their reliable alarm calls as guard animals
You said they roost up in your trees? So collecting eggs is out of the question? (...are you allowed to do that?)
I would be upset but conflicted too.....
Actually yes, they do eat a lot of bugs, and that has caused problems, too.Kisal wrote:Peafowl eat a lot of insects, so are helpful in that respect. But they do love leafy greens, and I have a suspicion they wouldn't turn away from a nice ripe tomato, pepper, or berries, either.
Clearly, peafowl can't read or don't take the time to. [url=https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBoQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DKOGMEDaeiA0&ei=Kfh8TsL8G4-htwejzdxs&usg=AFQjCNF_9QqNeHdQtVXM-G39sq4wRYWoTA]It says right here[/url], in big bold letters, "Please make sure, every time, to harvest NO MORE THAN 1/4 of the plant at a time!"TheWaterbug wrote:[img]https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3552590/RuinsOfArugula_web.jpg[/img]
I'm going to put the row cover back on and hope they're still alive underneath.
It's baaaaacck!!soil wrote:arugula is strong stuff, i bet it comes back with the fury.
So I was out in the garden the other day, and I saw this:TheWaterbug wrote:They roost in trees when they're not nesting. When they lay eggs they lay them in a depression on the ground (the "pea" in peafowl is for "pea-brained"). One of my neighbors had a peahen lay an egg right on her patio . . . . I suppose I could probably find eggs in the springtime if I took the trouble to look. I may think about that next spring. Eat them? Addle them? Sell them?
At one point I thought you said they roosted in your trees?I do have a small collection of tail feathers.